You read a wide variety of stuff! (Second tier Russian classical authors?) How do you decide what to read next on your TBR list?
I generally read two books at once, unless one of them really gets going. I have a list of books to read, goes back about 20 years by now, about 120 pages long. So first I try the LA County library system, and then Powell’s, and then Abe’s, a British used book system. Sometimes when I get it, I do wonder why it ended up on the list, but I nearly always dig in anyway. And because I am incapable of entering a bookshop without buying one or two, there is a rather considerable stash of books to read around the house anyway. And then there are the subscriptions: one to NY Review classics, and also (last thing I need but oh well) Book of the Month. So I almost never take reviews from those online, cause I have so much waiting to be read.
If you were to write a LOTR/Holmes fanfic crossover, who would be the murder victim? One of the Hobbits, or would you go for more challenging prey? Would Holmes prevail, or be eaten by orcs?
*nervously cracks knuckles* So you see, I am a fanfic writer. It’s on AO3, same name as my user name. Mostly LOTR, but I did a crossover series too, 221B Bag End, which is Holmsian pastiche using the Hobbits. (I couldn’t get the real Holmes in that universe in my head). Slash warning ahoy. It’s been a bit, but someone’s still reading it. (Bless!)
Who is an author you would buy anything they write: no reading the blurb, no recommendation needed, hardback prices…you have to have it as it hits the shelves?
There are modern writers I get hooked on, but mostly for me it’s the classics. I grew up in prehistoric times when there were only five stations on the TV, the good stuff was only at night, and so reading was pretty much it. I also grew up in the desert, so summers were long, and my mom only took us to the library once a week. As I outgrew the children’s room by 10 years old, I really didn’t have much interest in the modern adult stuff, but got hooked on the classics right away. You could spot them by the bindings. The stories were amazing, and best of all, they were long. When you could only check out 10 at a time, and were a speed reader, that was critical.
Pizza! What’s your stance? Thick crust, thin, cauliflower? What’s most important: toppings, cheese, sauce?
Pizza – thin usually, but thick is also OK. (Cauliflower? C’mon, that ain’t pizza as I know it.). Veggie and Hawaiian (no judging!) are my favorites but any topping is good except the little fishie bits.